Ask your housing provider...
Are you a council or housing association tenant? If so, you might be able to make some energy saving home improvements if you get your housing provider's permission.
Ask your housing provider first
If they agree, you can make some of these improvements yourself:
Fit some draught-proofing. DIY draught-proofing of windows, doors and blocking cracks in floors and skirting boards could cost up to £115, but could save £55 on heating bills each year, so it’ll take about two years to get your money back.
- Fit an insulating jacket on your hot water tank. This is a cheap step that can make a big difference to bills. It will pay for itself over one winter.
- Insulate your hot water pipes.
- Insulate your loft. This can be a DIY job if you get some good instructions.
- Fit shelves above radiators to direct heat into the room.
- Fit an eco-showerhead, which reduces the amount of water your shower uses (without you noticing). They can cost as little as £15 to buy, but a family of four could save around £75 a year on gas for water heating, as well as a further £90 on water bills.
Things your housing provider will do
Your council or housing association will probably carry out improvements like insulation, new windows or new heating systems to lots of their properties at once. This means they might say no to doing something straight away, as they’re already planning to do it in the future.
The sorts of things they might do to lots of homes at once are:
- Fit new, better heating systems, like new boilers, heaters, thermostats or radiator controls.
- Fit secondary glazing or double glazing, to stop your windows letting so much heat out.
- Insulate your walls, making your home warmer and cheaper to heat.
There's more you can do...
There are lots of simple things you can do to save energy and money and keep warm, without having to make changes to your home. Check out this page for lots of tips.
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